27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Human nature is weak unless God equips with special gifts those on whom he lays a notable task.
God had made his covenant, who had followed the right and pure teaching, who had embraced the promise of salvation with true faith.
Christ has been placed on the highest level of honor so that he can govern God’s people, and also so he can perform the role of a saving leader or author of salvation.
Christ bestows the gift of new birth to us so that he may renew us on the inside and so that new life may flow from the renewed mind and heart. Christ gives repentance, which is not in man’s power to give.
Repentance is a voluntary conversion, but the source of this is God’s changing our hearts, making a heart of flesh out of a heart of stone, making a pliable heart out of a hard heart, and making straight what was once crooked. This happens when Christ gives us new birth through his Spirit. This gift is not restricted to one particular moment but daily increases throughout our lives, until we draw near to God completely. This will only happen when we have put off our flesh.